These are all reminders to me about painting loosely. It is a look that I like and includes thinking about abstract shapes and pieces of color.
Things that have helped me to paint loosely, keep bold brushwork and bright color:
Maintain darks in the painting (Dream Tolle Perry's class helped me with this) because of her use of a dark transparent underpainting. If you use the "search button" top right corner of this page, I summarized her class in an old blog posting.
Use deliberate brushwork and lots of paint
Keep colors clean
(These would all be good topics for future blogs.)
Here is my latest painting where I put a lot of what I learned in Dreama's class to work.
I try to stick to the process of doing a drawing, a study (as many as I need to perfect the color and composition) and the final painting.
Step 1: Thank you to Nancy Bradley for letting me use this photo. She is such a good photographer.
Step 2: Study (6 x 6)
Step 3: Final Painting ( 12 x 12)
The biggest change was in the colors. Notice the accents of complementary color on the leaves and shutters especially, another technique that Dreama taught us, taking advantage of color theory and just for the pure joy of colors you love.